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Britax (London)

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November 1955.
October 1957.
October 1958.
November 1960. Twisdip.
April 1962.
Oct 1962.
Oct 1966.

Britax (London) Ltd., a supplier of accessories for motorcycles and cars, of Maida Vale, London NW6

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1949-56 Maker of motorcycles

1956 Britax returned to the accessory business but took over the Cyclemaster line for a while.

By 1960 the company's address was Byfleet - presumably part of Proctor Industries by this time. Discontinued CycleMate production.

1961 Mr O. A. Proctor acquired Excelsior Motor Co and presumably transferred Proctor Industries, including Britax, into it.

1963 As part of a reorganisation the Britax safety belt business was injected into the Excelsior Motor Co; this led to a substantial turn-around in its commercial fortunes; the company's mechanism for safety belts had been accepted in Germany and Sweden[1]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Seat belts

c.1966 Excelsior Motor Co acquired P. M. G. Thorpe and Notek Electric Co; already owned Britax (London) and Proctor Industries; O. A. Proctor was chairman of Excelsior; the new legislation was expected to boost demand for car safety belts and the factory had been extended to double capacity; sales of automatic belts were rising as was demand for control cables[2]

c1968 Name of the parent company was changed to Britax Excelsior Ltd, presumably reflecting the major part that Britax products, particularly safety belts, played in the success of the business.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jan. 24, 1964
  2. The Times Jan. 11, 1968
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • 1963 Motor Show
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9